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Applied Behavior Analysis

  1. Stephanie K. Meador,
  2. David B. Hatfield

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0075

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Meador, S. K. and Hatfield, D. B. 2010. Applied Behavior Analysis. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Developmental Behavioral Health, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Applied behavior analysis (ABA) refers to the application of the science of behavior whereby observable behavior is studied and operantly modified. Data are continually collected and evaluated during baseline and intervention phases, and guide all decisions regarding intervention modifications. The roots of applied behavior analysis can be tracked back to the field of experimental behavior analysis in which animal behaviors were modified through systematic manipulation of environmental events, such as the repeated presentation and removal of antecedents (events that immediately precede behavior) and consequences (events that immediately follow behavior).


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